Julie Rayner


I guess you could say that I was a ‘late starter’ in Real Estate. It wasn’t a career I’d even considered (no better than a car salesman! and trusted even less) and when I did get the bug, I was just too damn scared to take on a job where there was no wage to back me up. The courage to make that leap of faith came when my diverse background and life experience had built my confidence, skills, abilities into a strong platform and my health had become a serious factor. I realised that I needed a job which was non-ageist, not too physical but constantly challenging. I needed a job that was performance based, (where I was totally accountable for my income), where I could use my brains and creativity and I wanted to love what I was doing. Real Estate ticked all the boxes and I gained my qualifications, training with the REIQ. The enthusiasm of the trainers, a father-in-law in real estate and my own passion for people, psychology and research combined with a history of work in a variety of people-based industries to cement the path to my new career.

For the full and unabridged bio, please visit my website to see where I’ve been and how I got here. Suffice it to say that it includes five years each in management, customer service, staff recruitment, training and assessment and ten years in market research and analysis. I’ve written, developed and implemented training programs and assessment criteria and manuals for two different companies; authored an operations manual for an in-house software program (DOS platform … groan) and drafted Workplace Agreements. I’ve studied legal secretarial and conveyancing, hospitality, fashion design, Bachelor of Natural Science (Naturopathy) and obtained both Security Officer and Weapons licenses. I’ve sold door to door, telemarketed and sold life insurance, car insurance and my own craft work at various markets. I’ve been a waitress, bar attendant, secretary-receptionist-personal / administrative assistant, market research field representative, 2IC and trainer in market research, static and armed security guard (cash-in-transit), service station console operator, truck driver and courier driver.

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
When I was in the last years of primary school, (I must have been 11 or 12 years old), I used to hang out with a friend on weekends, playing with our 'Barbie' dolls. We had it all between us; the 'Barbie' Manor House, the pool set with blow up pool furniture, the convertible, the 'Barbie' campervan ... the whole box and dice. We would sit around for hours making up stories and acting them out with the dolls. They were probably the first things I ever wrote down. I had a book with all the different stories and chapters or episodes of each scenario. Impossible boy meets girl stories with impossible heros and the worst bad guys ever! If I remember correctly, one of those epics involved the Medusa - can't even remember where I got that idea or what we used to represent her in our little shows, but I'm sure that our little dramas would have rivaled the most epic of the Greek Gods movies ... at least I thought so then.
What is your writing process?
Writing isn't a process to me; I just sit down and write what I'm thinking at the time. It's like writing a conversation, even though it's a one sided conversation. I try to write in a style that's easy to read and that's why I treat every piece as a conversation with a friend. Having said that, once written, any piece could be edited up to 10 times or more before it reaches the final cut. Pity you don't get the opportunity to edit real conversations ... life would be so much easier sometimes.
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Where to buy in print


101 Things To Do To Sell Your House For More
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 37,780. Language: Australian English. Published: November 16, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Real estate / buying & selling homes, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Real estate
As a real estate agent, I exist to help you sell your home for the best price in any market. I’m going to walk you through your house from the street to the back fence. We’ll look at quick fixes, budget reno’s, tips and advice to put you in the best position for a speedy sale at a great price. Then I get in depth on the sales process, explain 'real estate speak' and share insider tips and tricks.